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Kevin Gillespie Drops Out of Bocuse d'Or USA Competition

Kevin Gillespie Drops Out of Bocuse d'Or USA Competition

When Bocuse d'Or USA announced its 12 semifinalists back in December, there was only one shoo-in on the list. Kevin Gillespie, the Top Chef fan favorite, earned his spot during one of the show's elimination challenges. Now, in an interesting turn of events, Gillespie has taken himself out of the competition.

Replacing the Top Chef finalist will be Jim Burke, executive chef at James in Philadelphia. Reasons as of right now are unclear, although Bocuse d'Or expert Andrew Friedman brings up the likely possibility that, with all his recent fame, Gillespie doesn't have the time — and motivation — to train for the event. Somehow, I'm not surprised and always questioned whether his straightforward, rustic approach would jive with the other competition platters.

Are you sad to hear that Kevin no longer has a shot at winning the Bocuse d'Or?

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leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
People who follow food outside of Bravo TV know about the Bocuse d'Or. And even if you did only watch Top Chef, Hung competed several years ago in that competition.
vinnie vinnie 7 years
It seems his reasons are sincere and admirable. I hope he doesn't take too much heat for dropping out.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Oh well, I'm sure we'll see more of him and good luck to Chef Burke.
doogirl doogirl 7 years
I think he made the right decision. He won a spot in the competition on a reality show. The other competitors have trained for a spot. Good for him for realizing that he needed to step back and let a real competitor take his spot. Besides, prior to the Top Chef episode, who had even heard of the Bocuse d'Or?
whatwouldruthdo whatwouldruthdo 7 years
I don't think his style would have been well suited to the competition, but I adore him so I'm still bummed to hear he's not able to participate.
syako syako 7 years
I'm really not surprised either. I just hope he doesn't regret later in his career and that it wasn't a rash decision.
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